Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Gurnee Village Board - November 21, 2011

 

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING

OF THE GURNEE VILLAGE BOARD

 

GURNEE VILLAGE HALL

November 21, 2011

 

Call to Order

Mayor Kovarik called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.

 

Other Officials in Attendance

James T. Hayner, Village Administrator; Patrick Muetz, Assistant Village Administrator ; Bryan Winter, Village Attorney; Tom Rigwood, Public Works Director, David Ziegler, Community Development Director; Christine Palmieri, Human Resources Director; Kevin Woodside, Interim Police Chief; Terry Kincaid, Deputy Chief; Jim Caldwell, Detective Commander; Fred Friedl, Fire Chief; John Kavanagh, Deputy Chief; Erik Jensen, Management Analyst

 

Roll Call

PRESENT:       6- Schwarz, Ross, Park, Garner, Balmes, Morris

 ABSENT:        0-  None

 

Pledge of Allegiance

 

Mayor Kovarik led the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

A,  PUBLIC COMMENT

 

 

Jim Walls

4159 N. Brown Circle

 

Mr. Walls had two questions: 

 

  1. What percentage of accounts, if any, are with Community Trust Credit Union?

 

  1. Does the city have a buy American provision for any vendors who work for the city?

 

Mr. Hayner stated none of our accounts are at the Community Trust Credit Union and we don’t have a buy American provision on the books  right now,

 

B.  APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA

It was moved by Trustee Balmes, seconded by Trustee ­Ross to approve the Consent Agenda as presented.

 

Roll call,

AYE:                 6-Schwarz, Ross, Park, Garner, Balmes, Morris

NAY:                 0- None

ABSENT:          0- None

Motion Carried.

 

C. CONSENT AGENDA / OMNIBUS VOTE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Village Administrator read the consent agenda for an omnibus vote as follows:

 

  1. Approval of Payroll for period ending November 5, 2011 in the amount of $665,334.48.

 

  1. Approval of Payroll Transfer Journal for period ending November 5, 2011 in the amount of $656,039.27.

 

  1. Approval of Bills for the period ending November 21, 2011 in the amount of $2,212,955.74.

 

It was moved by Trustee Balmes, seconded by Trustee Park to approve the Consent Agenda for an omnibus vote as read.

 

Roll call,

AYE:                 6- Schwarz, Ross, Park, Garner, Balmes, Morris

 NAY:                0- None

ABSENT:          0- None

Motion Carried.

D.  PETITIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS

 

  1. Approval and oath of office for the promotion of Deputy Police Chief Kevin Woodside to Police Chief.

 

It was moved by Trustee Schwarz, seconded by Trustee Balmes to approve the promotion of Deputy Police Chief Kevin Woodside to Police Chief.

Roll call,

AYE:                 6- Schwarz, Ross, Park, Garner, Balmes, Morris

NAY:                 0- None

ABSENT:          0- None

Motion Carried.

 

The oath of office was administered by Village Attorney, Bryan Winter.

 

  1. Approval and oath of office for the promotion of Detective Commander Jim Caldwell to Deputy Police Chief.

 

It was moved by Trustee Balmes, seconded by Trustee Ross to approve the promotion of Detective Commander Jim Caldwell to Deputy Police Chief.

 

Roll call,

AYE:                 6- Schwarz, Ross, Park, Garner, Balmes, Morris

 NAY:                0- None

ABSENT:          0- None

Motion Carried.

 

The oath of office was administered by Village Attorney, Bryan Winter.

 

  1. Approval of a Proclamation designating December, 2011 as National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month in the Village of Gurnee.

 

It was moved by Trustee Garner, seconded by Trustee Schwarz to approve the Proclamation designating December, 2011 as National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month in the Village of Gurnee.

 

Voice Vote:      ALL AYE:          Motion Carried.

 

  1. Reminders: 

 

  • 18th Annual Jon Callaghan Memorial Turkey Trot – 8:00 A.M., Thursday, November 24th

 

  • Northern Illinois Food Bank/Canadian Pacific Railroad Holiday Train – 4:50 P.M., Saturday, December 3rd

 

E.  REPORTS

 

None.

 

 

F. OLD BUSINESS

 

None.

 

 

G.  NEW BUSINESS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Approval of Ord. 2011-74 abating the tax heretofore levied for the year 2011 to pay Debt Service on $3,140,000.00 General Obligation Bonds, Series 2004 of the Village of Gurnee, Lake County, Illinois ($423,483 annual debt service).

 

The Mayor gave an overview of the Obligation Bonds stressing that the abatements are significant because the debts are funded by general revenue funds rather imposing a property tax on the residents.

 

It was moved by Trustee Balmes, seconded by Trustee Morris to approve Ord. 2011-74 abating the tax heretofore levied for the year 2011 to pay Debt Service on $3,140,000.00 General Obligation Bonds, Series 2004 of the Village of Gurnee, Lake County, Illinois ($423,483 annual debt service).

 

Roll call,

AYE:                 6- Schwarz, Ross, Park, Garner, Balmes, Morris

NAY:                 0- None

ABSENT:          0- None

Motion Carried.

 

  1. Approval of Ord. 2011-75 abating the tax heretofore levied for the year 2011 to pay Debt Service on $5,320,000.00 General Obligation Bonds, Series 2009 of the Village of Gurnee, Lake County, Illinois ($835,975 annual debt service).

 

      The Mayor stated that the bond is for the construction of the Police Station.

 

It was moved by Trustee Park, seconded by Trustee Ross to approve

Ord. 2011-75 abating the tax heretofore levied for the year 2011 to pay Debt Service on $5,320,000.00 General Obligation Bonds, Series 2009 of the Village of Gurnee, Lake County, Illinois ($835,975 annual debt service).

 

Roll call,

AYE:                 6- Schwarz, Ross, Park, Garner, Balmes, Morris

NAY:                 0- None

ABSENT:          0- None

Motion Carried.

 

  1. Approval of Ord. 2011-76 abating the tax heretofore levied for the year 2011 to pay Debt Service on $9,995,000.00 General Obligation Bonds, Series 2011 of the Village of Gurnee, Lake County, Illinois ($396,139 annual debt service).

 

      The Mayor stated that approval of the abatements will ensure another year with no tax increase.

 

It was moved by Schwarz, seconded by Trustee Balmes to approve Ord. 2011-76 abating the tax heretofore levied for the year 2011 to pay Debt Service on $9,995,000.00 General Obligation Bonds, Series 2011 of the Village of Gurnee, Lake County, Illinois ($396,139 annual debt service).

 

Roll call,

AYE:                 6- Schwarz, Ross, Park, Garner, Balmes, Morris

NAY:                 0- None

ABSENT:          0- None

Motion Carried.

 

  1. Approval of Ord. 2011-77 accepting Public Improvements on Fuller Road.

 

      Mr. Hayner gave a review of the Palmieris’ vacant lot at 813 Fuller Road on which they would like to develop a single family residence.  Prior to the construction, a public improvement acceptance and recapture ordinance is applicable due to the installation of a new sewer main and other improvements.

 

It was moved by Trustee Park, seconded by Trustee Schwarz to approve Ord. 2011-77 he acceptance of Public Improvements on Fuller Road.

 

Roll call,

AYE:                 6- Schwarz, Ross, Park, Garner, Balmes, Morris

NAY:                 0- None

ABSENT:          0- None

Motion Carried.

 

  1. Approval of Ord. 2011-78 authorizing reimbursement of funds expended by Richard and Christine Palmieri for the extension of sanitary sewer along a portion of Fuller Road.

 

It was moved by Trustee Park, seconded by Trustee Balmes to approve

Ord. 2011-78 authorizing reimbursement of funds expended by Richard and Christine Palmieri for the extension of sanitary sewer along a portion of Fuller Road.

 

Roll call,

AYE:                 6- Schwarz, Ross, Park, Garner, Balmes, Morris

NAY:                 0- None

ABSENT:          0- None

Motion Carried.

 

  1. Approval of one-year renewal of group dental insurance with Guardian.

 

Mr. Hayner stated that we have a 5% increase on the dental renewal.  We budgeted 10%; therefore, recommends the Village remain with Guardian for the upcoming year.

 

It was moved by Trustee Schwarz, seconded by Trustee Balmes to approve a one-year renewal of group dental insurance with Guardian.

 

Roll call,

AYE:                 6- Schwarz, Ross, Park, Garner, Balmes, Morris

NAY:                 0- None

ABSENT:          0- None

Motion Carried.

 

  1. Approval of floral bills for the period ending November 21, 2011 in the amount of $188.00.

 

Trustee Balmes read a statement stating that she has an interest in Gurnee Flowers by Balmes and therefore, will be abstaining from voting on this matter.

 

      Trustee Garner read the following statement:

 

      My vote against Trustee Balmes receiving this floral order is not personal in nature and has nothing to do with the exceptional quality and value she provides as a florist. I believe no sitting board member should receive direct benefit from the Village and we the Board should practice being above even the appearance of wrongdoing to the witnessing public.

 

It was moved by Trustee Schwarz, seconded by Park to approve the Consent Agenda for an omnibus vote as read.

 

Roll call,

AYE:                 4- Schwarz, Ross, Park, Kovarik

NAY:                 2- Garner, Morris

ABSTAIN:         1- Balmes

ABSENT:          0- None

Motion Carried.

 

H.  PUBLIC COMMENT

 

None

 

 

Closing Comments

None.

 

 

Adjournment

It was moved by Trustee Balmes, seconded by Trustee Garner to adjourn the meeting

 

Voice Vote:      ALL AYE:          Motion Carried.

 

Mayor Kovarik adjourned the meeting at 8:05 p.m.

 

Donna R Dallas, Deputy Village Clerk